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Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a showy perennial with bright clusters of orange and yellow blooms. It is native to the prairies and hillsides of the American South and flourishes in dry environments. A perfect way to add a pop of color and texture, incorporate these bright hues into your summer garden or window box.

Where does it get the name Butterfly Weed? This plant is vital for the life of the Monarch butterfly, in fact, it's the only plant that the Monarch butterfly utilizes in its larval stage. Without this plant it can’t survive. It is also useful to other pollinators as a nectar source when in flower. The orange flower clusters are Pollinator magnets. Full sun, drought tolerant, native and deer resistant, this plant looks great in your yard and boasts many benefits.

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It is quite simple to grow Butterfly Weed.  The soil should be kept moist until buds begin to show, after that only water occasionally. Butterfly Weed prefers dry soil.  Trim growth in the spring to keep the plant healthy.